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Aventail Controls End Points

The EX-1500 SSL VPN gets an extra dose of security, along with a ton of tech partners

September 17, 2003

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LA JOLLA, Calif. -- Aventail Corporation, the leading provider of SSL VPN appliances and services, today announced End-Point Control (EPC) to increase the security of remote access from the riskiest end-points on the Internet. Backed by partnerships with the industry's leading end-point enforcement vendors, Aventail's new EPC initiative helps organizations manage and protect anywhere access to critical network resources from airport kiosks, wireless hot spots, employee-owned PCs, and PDAs. Aventail is delivering EPC with world-class policy enforcement partners, including Bluefire Security Technologies, Foundstone, iPass, Swivel, Sygate Technologies, WholeSecurity and Zone Labs. With EPC, the Aventail EX-1500 SSL VPN appliance leads the way in helping organizations control remote access policy not just based on a user's identity, but also on their environment and level of risk. "With the increasing use of public network services, the mobile workforce, contractor access, and even malware making its way into internal networks, DuPont believes that the client system must be able to protect itself in any network environment while securely connecting to company applications," said John M. Davis, Technology Architect, Corporate IT Architecture, DuPont. "Reaching this goal requires cooperative enforcement and provisioning services from end-point software including security auditing, personal firewall, antivirus, and the Aventail SSL VPN. Aventail has a proven track record in DuPont for enforcing one-time password authentication and trouble-free connectivity from any source network." "Today, corporations either attempt -without success-to ban mobile and wireless access to corporate assets, or they accept a high degree of risk in return for providing greater flexibility and productivity to their employees," said Chris Shipley, executive producer of the DEMO Conferences for IDG Executive Forums. "With End Point Control, Aventail and its partners are addressing this challenge by increasing the range of end-points from which users can securely access corporate resources. Additionally, EPC adds teeth to the policies that IT can't enforce today, like prohibiting users from accessing the network from wireless devices that don't have a personal firewall. This gives IT the comfort they need to deliver on the promise of secure, anywhere access for the mobile workforce." In the past, remote access was only available to users on corporate laptops with traditional VPNs, which require the management of complex clients. With the adoption of SSL VPN technology, executives, employees, partners, and customers have come to expect anywhere access to more network resources. This includes unprecedented access to Web and client server applications from any device with a Web browser. In most cases, such as employee PCs or mobile PDAs, this access has immediate benefits for users. In others, such as airport kiosks, IT is faced with a choice of whether or not the risks of access outweigh the benefits. With the introduction of EPC, Aventail eliminates these risks by controlling access privileges based on the user's specific level of risk-who they are, where they are, and what device they are using- in order to determine what steps can be taken to protect them. This allows IT to enforce security and extend anywhere access without the risks of the Internet's worst-case security scenarios. Aventail Corp.

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